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October 7, 1958










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A shorthand guide from Encyclopedia Britannica. Shorthand served many professional purposes, such as stenography, as well as cultural, in terms of creative literature.



"The Madwoman of Chaillot" at William and Mary Theatre, 1958.



A Playbill for the original Broadway cast of The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux. The play opened on December 27, 1948 and closed on January 7, 1950, with a total run of 368 performances. Leading lady Martita Hunt won the 1949 Tony Award for Best Actress In A Play for her work.



1950 "The Madwoman of Chaillot" Chicago Stagebill, featuring Martita Hunt.



1954 edition of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck grew up near the coast of Monterey, California, a popular area for fish canneries, which inspired the novel.



A Cherry Heering Liqueur ad from the April 1958 edition of TIME Magazine.



"The Queen receives four silver keys to the fortress of Gibraltar from governor Gordon MacMillan on 11 May 1954" ("History of Gibralter-in Pictures").



Athens in 1953; photo taken by Clarence Morang.



"A man sells cherries from a market stall in Naples while punters watch on, circa 1952" ("La Dolce Vita.").



An A & P Butcher Counter shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt from the historical archives of LIFE Magazine



1950 A & P Super Markets ad


Women shopping at an A & P Super Market. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt from the historical archives of LIFE Magazine



Want to do more research? Check out the sources I used below!

"Cannery Row Study Guide."Course Hero, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Cannery-Row/. Accessed April 10 2020.


Eisenstaedt, Alfred. "Shoppers at Large A & P Grocery Store." LIFE Magazine Historical Archives, https://www.allposters.com/-sp/Shoppers-at-Large-A-P-Grocery-Store-Posters_i3750330_.htm?AID=423786166. Accessed 10 April 2020.


Eisenstaedt, Alfred. "Shoppers at Butcher Counter at A & P Grocery Store." LIFE Magazine Historical Archives, https://www.allposters.com/-sp/Shoppers-at-Butcher-Counter-in-A-P-Grocery-Store-Posters_i5314851_.htm. Accessed 10 April 2020.


"Fruits of labour: A man sells cherries from a market stall in Naples while punters watch on, circa 1952." Getty Images, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3235651/La-Dolce-Vita-Oozing-timeless-glamour-STUNNING-photographs-Italy-s-golden-era-reveal-country-lister-favourite-1950s.html. Accessed 10 April 2020.


"Martita Hunt "Madwoman of Chaillot" John Carradine 1950 Chicago Playbill." Cannon Beach, Oregon, https://picclick.com/Martita-Hunt-MADWOMAN-OF-CHAILLOT-John-Carradine-1950-153847659888.html. Accessed 10 April 2020.


Morang, Clarence. "Hotel Grande Bretagne." Vintage Everyday, https://www.vintage-everyday.com/search?q=athens. Accessed 10 April 2020.


"Original 1950 Vintage Magazine Print Advertisement For A&P Super Market!" Washougal, Washington, https://www.ebay.com/itm/1950-A-P-Super-Market-Babies-Wait-For-Mom-Outside-Of-Grocery-Store-VINTAGE-AD-/271652080955?roken=cUgayN. Accessed 10 April 2020.


"Shorthand, Also Called Stenography." Encyclopedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/topic/shorthand/Modern-symbol-systems. Accessed 10 April 2020.


Stahl, Ben. "Bantam Books 1266 - John Steinbeck - Cannery Row." Bantam Books, https://www.flickr.com/photos/56781833@N06/6630517047/. Accessed 10 April 2020.


"The Madwoman of Chaillot." Playbill, https://www.playbill.com/production/the-madwoman-of-chaillot-belasco-theatre-vault-0000010830. Accessed 10 April 2020.

"The Queen receives four silver keys to the fortress of Gibraltar from governor Gordon MacMillan on 11 May 1954." Keystone/Getty Images, https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/aug/06/history-gibraltar-pictures. Accessed 10 April 2020.


"1958 Cherry Heering Liqueur Advertisement Time April 21 1958." SenseiAlan on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/91591049@N00/14875937768. Accessed 10 April 2020.

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